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West of Zanzibar (1928) Poster

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Phroso 'Dead-Legs': I've been waitin' for you.

Mr. Crane: Word comes to me that it's you who's been stealin' my ivory.

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': And I intend to pay you for everything.

Mr. Crane: Phroso... the magician!

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Right you are... Mr. Crane!

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Mr. Crane: Come on! What's this all about? What are you wrecking that girl for?

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': You'll find out. That's why I brought you here.

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': That's Anna's child! YOUR DAUGHTER!

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': When I found Anna... she was dead! And that brat of yours was with her!

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': I had her raised in the lowest dive in Zanzibar... so you could be proud of her!

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': And now I've got a real treat comin' for her... and her father!

Mr. Crane: You're her father... not ME! She's... your daughter! YOURS!

Mr. Crane: Now listen! Your wife never went away with me... Do you hear? She never went away with me!

Mr. Crane: When she found out what I did to you... she hated me!

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[first lines]

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Ashes to ashes! Dust to dust!

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[members of the tribe parade around in Maizie's clothing]

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': I'm so sorry. I thought you'd gone away, so I gave them your clothes.

Maizie: There's nothing too low for you to do, is there?

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Maizie: Yes, I know. I'm too sweet and pretty for a dump like this. I've heard that before.

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Bumbu: Me do like you say. Me tell white trader you steal ivory. Three days he be here.

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Now, go tell tribe! White trader white girl's father.

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Doc: Take this, it will make you feel better.

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Break that glass! I might drink out of it... by mistake!

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Phroso 'Dead-Legs': I'm particular who I eat with. Feed her on the floor!

Doc: I'm down pretty low, but not so far that I'll stand for this.

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Yair? Well, you'll stand for anything *I* say.

Maizie: Say, Mister! Don't get in trouble on account of me.

Doc: I'll eat with her. I'm particular about who I eat with, too.

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Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Get Doc in here to fix my back!

Tiny: Don't let him cut into you tonight. He's full of that stuff.

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Doc: You're only a kid. You've still got a chance to be anything you want.

Maizie: So have you... if you'll get hold of yourself. You're not old.

Doc: Not old? From all I've seen and done, I'm as old as Santa Claus.

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Maizie: How did God ever put a thing like you on this earth?

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Babe: He's dead! That means the girl goes with him!

Doc: If she she's going, Dead-Legs will go first!

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Bumbu: We come get white girl!

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': We make her ready for funeral here. Bring tribe. White girl funeral always have box.

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[last lines]

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Evil Spirit come... take white girl.

King Lunkaboola: No believe!

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Phroso 'Dead-Legs': [speaking to the newly deceased Anna] He told me you loved him. That's why I never followed you. For all the suffering he brought her... he's going to pay! I'll find him! I'll make him pay! He and his brat will pay!

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Tiny: The idea, Babe... wastin' our good gin on them cannibals.

Babe: We've got the gin, Tiny! I put kerosene in that bottle!

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Tiny: Dead-Legs is crazy to keep stealin' that bloke's ivory! He'll get nailed, sure!

Doc: We're the ones who are crazy! We'll get nailed... not him!

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Doc: Dead-Legs, we've robbed that trader of plenty. Let's beat it before he gets us.

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': No. I'm even goin' to send him word where to find the man who's robbin' him.

[Doc starts to speak in protest]

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': I said *No!* He made me this thing that crawls... now I'm ready to bite!

Tiny: Yair, bite! I'll bet that's what the cannibals did to Babe!

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Doc: Dead-Legs, if you keep bringin' those black-birds here for your daft shows... they'll tumble to our game.

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Forget it, Doc! Get my box of tricks.

Doc: We'll end up being a mess of chops for those cannibals.

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Chops, nothin'. I'm goin' to be king of the whole pack!

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Babe: You're lucky! You're just in time to see a big native funeral! Dead-Legs is chief Evil Spirit chaser 'round here.

[a frightened widow is made ready for a funeral pyre]

Babe: It's a lovely custom. When a man dies, they always burn his wife or daughter with him!

[Maizie laughs hysterically with fright]

Babe: That's the law of the Congo... and nothin' can change it.

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Doc: You're a puzzle, Dead-Legs. One minute you're a fiend and the next... you're almost human.

Phroso 'Dead-Legs': You ain't here to understand me, Doc. You're here 'cause I need you to keep me crawlin'.

Doc: At that, I guess it's healthier to be with you than against you.

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Maizie: Why let him feed you with that stuff? You look as if you used to be somebody.

Doc: Let's not talk about that. Just seeing you has made me do enough thinking.

Maizie: Funny world. You tryin' to forget who you are... and me tryin' to find out who I am.

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